Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Tombstone Tuesday -June 30, 2015- Henry Rehnen

Henry Rehnen

Henry Rehnen was the son of Ulrich Rehnen and Mary Ann Brink. He was born in July of 1849 in Fort Wayne.  He became a Mason, following in the foot steps of his father.  He married Susannah M Smith on June 20, 1872. The had 5 children; Katherine, Edward, Francis, Elnore and Rebecca. Francis died at the age of three in 1881.  Henry Rehnen died on June 28, 1913.  He was buried in the Catholic Cemetery in Fort Wayne.  

Susannah lived an additional 20 years. She was the mystery woman in many of our family photo. For years I tried to identify her.  Eventually I was able to contact her granddaughter, Susan Brown and she was able to identify her for me.  Susan is the woman in white and Oella Denney Smith was her sister-in-law. This photo had a notation on it that it was Oella and her sister, not sister-in-law! For years it was my Needle in a Haystack!

Happy Hunting,


Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Tombstone Tuesday - June 23, 2015 - Dorothy Ann Morgan Hayner Skilling

Dorothy Ann Morgan Hayner Skilling

Dorothy Ann Morgan was the daughter of David Morgan and Charlotte Fox born on November 22, 1841 in Louth, Lincoln, Ontario. She married Robert Wesley Hayner in Canada on Dec 30, 1862.

Dorothy Ann Morgan as a young woman not sure if this is her Wedding photo or not.

Their first daughter, Addie Jane Hayner, was born on December 19, 1863 in Canada. Mary Morgan Hayner was their second daughter and she was born in Port Hope, Michigan on October 21, 1871.

Mary Morgan  and Addie Jane Hayner
She survived her first husband by 34 years. Robert Wesley died in 1896 in a farming accident. After the death of her husband Dorothy went to live with daughter Addie Jane Morgan Stranahan and her husband John. She was recorded with them in both the 1900 and 1910 Federal Census.

Addie Jane Hayner Stranahan, Dorothy Ann Morgan Hayner, Francis Stanahan
 They lived in Detroit on 28 Palliters Ave.  This photo was likely taken about 1910.  I an estimating based on how old Francis looks.  In the 1920 Census, she was living with Mary Morgan Densmore and her husband Charles in Marine City. Dorothy Ann Hayner married William Skilling on March 10 1920. She moved to Yale and lived the remainder of her life there. She died on June 20, 1930 and was buried in Rosehill Cemetery next to her first husband, Robert Wesley Hayner.

If I had not seen this obit, I would not have known for sure that Dorothy did eventually remarry William Skilling and live the rest of her life in Yale, Michigan.

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Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Tombstone Tuesday - June 16, 2015 -Ethel Mae Conners Boyer

Ethel Mae Conners was born in Big Rapids, Michigan to Henry W. Conners and Bertha Fisher in 1893. She lived in Flint on East Dayton Street as a boarder prior to her marriage and worked in an Auto Factory according to the 1920 Census. She married Clarence W Boyer on September 3, 1921 in Howell, Michigan.

Clarence and Ethel Boyer
This photo is likely a wedding photo. It belonged to Mary Florence Boyer, Clarence's Aunt ( my 2X Great Grandmother) and was handed down to my Grandmother Lillian Losee Smith.  According to 1930 and 1940 census information, it appeared that they remained Flint and owned a home at 2020 Brand Street. Clarence worked at a Chevrolet Plant in Flint and Ethel took care of the children and the home. They had two children ; David Melvin Boyer and and Helen L. Boyer. 

Through my research, I did find a Clarence W and Ethel M Boyer listed in the Dayton, Ohio area beginning about 1934 or 1935...and as late as a 1960 directory so I need to see if I can figure out if it is the same Boyer family... and if so how did they appear in two places at the same time period.  Ethel died on June 16, 1989 at the age of 95 years old, 43 years after her husband.  I'll have to see if I can find out if she remarried and what direction her life too after he died.  She was buried beside Clarence in the Beebee Cemetery in Rose Township with the other Boyer family members.  I'll have to see what I can learn about both of them in the next week or so.

Happy Hunting,


Tuesday, June 9, 2015

Tombstone Tuesday - June 9, 2015, Denison Boyer

Denison Boyer was born on August 23, 1845, the son of Valentine and Nancy Boyer. He was born in Rose township, Oakland County, Michigan. Denison served in the Civil War. He enlisted in Company L, Michigan 10th Cavalry Regiment on 18 Sep 1863. He was promoted to Full Corporal on 01 Jun 1865 and mustered out on 11 Nov 1865 at Memphis, TN. He married Charlotte Maria Sherwood. They had two daughter; Blanch who was 1874 and Mable who was born in 1876. They lived in Milford Michigan. Denison died on June 12, 1925. He is buried in the Oak Grove Cemetery in Section 5. Sadly there is no tombstone for Denison or his wife. So I am showing you the Cemetery photo.

It is a shame that a Corporal in the Civil War does not have a tombstone because the government would have provided a tombstone for Denison. I'll have to contact the cemetery and see if the grave can be identified to an exact location. If so, then we need to contact the government to see if we could still get a stone put on Dennison's grave.

Happy Hunting,